Moon and Mars conjunction THIS week – watch red planet ‘swing by Moon’ in stunning lunar spectacle

THE MOON and Mars will make a close approach to one another this week in a rare celestial get together. Stargazers in the US and UK should be able to spot the dazzling event with the naked eye in the early hours of Sunday morning. Get all the latest Science newsKeep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy storiesAll the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts AFPThe Moon (top) and Mars during a conjunction event in 2018[/caption] The coming together, known to astronomers as a conjunction, will peak at 05:47 BST (00:47 ET), according to stargazing site InTheSky.org. The popular page makes precise predictions about the positions of the planets using public data from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). During Sunday’s showcase, the waxing crescent moon will swing about two degrees to the south of Mars in the sky. The Red Planet will resemble a bright star. AlamyThe pair only swing close to one another every once in a while[/caption] If you’re not an earlier riser or it’s too bright to see the conjunction from your location then there’s also a chance to catch them the night before. This is advisable for stargazers in the UK. “From the…

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Moon and Mars conjunction THIS week – watch red planet ‘swing by Moon’ in stunning lunar spectacle

Updated: May 10, 2021 — 10:28 am